Published: Thu, February 07, 2019

Hollywood starts to distance itself from Liam Neeson after race attack row

Hollywood starts to distance itself from Liam Neeson after race attack row

The 66-year-old actor, who last appeared on the late night show in January, was scheduled again for Friday to promote his latest film Cold Pursuit, but instead actress Glenn Close will take his place.

Joking about Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World in the wake of the latter being accused of shocking sex abuse, a third person wrote: "I guess Sony pictures will soon be hiring Christopher Plummer to replace Liam Neeson in the upcoming Men In Black reboot".

The star, who was later hugged and kissed by black audience members on the Live with Kelly and Ryan show, said he had gone to church when he became "scared" and realised he had wanted to "unleash" murder on a stranger for his friend, who he said died five years ago.

The actor said he did not go through with any violence and expressed regret that he had reacted in such a "horrible" way.

Liam Neeson has landed himself in one of the most freakish controversies of 2019, right after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Speaking about the backlash on Good Morning America earlier this week, the actor said: "It hurt me".

"Is he a bigot?"

From her experience of press junkets, she said celebrities rarely share personal stories.

A third comment read: "I know this isn't really the point, but 5 seconds into that Liam Neeson anecdote and, as a publicist, I'm hitting the fire alarm".

Ronn Torossian, a "crisis management mogul" with New York-based PR firm 5W Public Relations, believes Neeson can still "save his image" provided he gives further displays of contrition.

"He needs to continue to apologise and outright say that he made a mistake, rather than trying to defend his words or bring in more context", he told the BBC.

Allen addressed his comments on stage during her No Shame Tour in Sydney, introducing the song by saying: "Normally, I dedicate this song to Donald Trump, but tonight I'm dedicating it to Liam Neeson".

Following this Barnes appeared on ITV's This Morning arguing that Neeson has a "racial bias" rather than actually holding racist views himself.

"I have a very particular set of skills".

He continued: "It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that".

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